Darren Sweetnam

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Andrew Conway takes advantage of Toulon’s lack of defensive discipline to cut through for the crucial try at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bank balances become irrelevant across the full 80 minutes of knockout rugby in Thomond Park. It used to always be this way and looks like a similar (...)

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulon at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There were a number of issues that arose from what constituted a superb weekend in the Champions Cup for Munster and Leinster with both claiming semi-(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates his try: he finished his first game since January, having only returned to full training last week Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Munster 20 Toulon 19 Rock and roll rugby, the Munster and Thomond Park way. Munster rolled with the punches and Thomond Park rocked from the first mi(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates the try that gave Munster the win at Thomond Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Munster 20 Toulon 19 In time-honoured fashion, a capacity Thomond Park crowd remained riveted from first minute to last, and made off into the evenin(...)

“He (Zebo) will return to the training field this week but it’s still touch and go whether he will play.”

In addition to an already lengthy injury list, Johann van Graan has admitted that Simon Zebo (hamstring), Andrew Conway (knee) and Rory Scannell all r(...)

Sam Arnold: “I might not have the Irish accent but I would do absolutely everything if I did get the opportunity to wear the jersey.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Much like the bread shelves in the supermarkets these past few days, Ireland’s midfield cupboard is looking increasingly bare, but Joe Schmidt is cont(...)

 Jordan Larmour: impressive form with Leinster could see him win a place in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pedigree counts in the European Champions Cup; it always has. Take the 77th-minute decision by Racing to go for another three-pointer rather than seek(...)

In what was a largely excellent weekend for the Irish provinces, Leinster, Munster and Ulster in the Champions Cup with the prospect that the other pr(...)

Stuart Lancaster: “I would never compromise a team’s defensive cohesion or structure or strength just for a player who has X-factor, a player who can do something in attack but not in defence.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A month in the England team base at Bagshot during the last Rugby World Cup was eye-opening, a glimpse of how a furious British media can turn and tor(...)

With Ireland and Wales at Twickenham, England are favourites to retain their Six Nations title. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Unfortunately, we’re getting a little too used to being on the outside looking in when it comes to World Cup years. And after the dastardly Danes put (...)

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